MUCH TO SEE & do THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
Friendly, lively and fun. Downtown Dahlonega is where you want live, work and play.
There is always something going on in Downtown Dahlonega. Relax in Hancock Park during summer concerts, buy fresh fruit from regional farmers, listen to acoustic bluegrass and more!
Local events are always accompanied by the charm of our Historic Downtown District.
DAHLONEGA TRAIL FEST
Come join us as we celebrate Dahlonega's designation as an AT Trail Community and our connection with the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail.
Trail Fest, a project of Yahoola Trails Conservancy, is a festival of outdoor enthusiasts revolving around all aspects of non-motorized recreation: hiking, backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, horseback riding, mountain biking, orienteering and more! The festival features authors, speakers, workshops, music, food, vendors, and non-profit groups.
MARK THE DATE: September 6 - 8, 2022
GOLD RUSH DAYS
Gold Rush Days is when to come to see fall colors peaking and celebrate Dahlonega's 1828 discovery of gold.
300+ art and craft exhibitors gather around the Public Square in support of this annual event
It has been voted one of the Top 20 Events in the southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society.
MARK THE DATE: October 21-22, 2023
4th of JULY & FIRECRACKER 5/10k
Join us on July 4th to celebrate the Fourth in Dahlonega on the historic town square. The day begins with the Firecracker 5k/10k!
Do you remember being a child and what the 4th meant –hot dogs, watermelon, parades, flags waving and fun with family and friends while you waited until it got dark enough for the fireworks?
You can revisit that feeling as you watch the skies with anticipation then the swoosh of the rocket and the ooohs and ahhhs at the burst of light.
OLD FASHIONED CHRISTMAS
Dahlonega's Old Fashioned Christmas is a month-long celebration and is set into motion with the Lighting of the Square.
A real home-town parade officially bringing Santa to town occurs the first Saturday in December 1, 2018.
Plenty of other festive holiday events continue almost daily throughout December until after New Year’s with caroling, entertainment, wine sampling, and live theater.
MARK THE DATE:
Lighting of the Square November 24, 2023
FIRST FRIDAY NIGHT CONCERTS
Dahlonega hosts a schedule of outdoor concerts (First Fridays) in our beautiful Hancock Park.
This outdoor event is free to the public and is every first Friday May through October.
Arrive early, enjoy excellent downtown shopping, and pick up your picnic from any of downtown's popular restaurants.
The Appalachian Jam gives traditional mountain music players the chance to get together and celebrate the kind of music that has been performed in the Appalachian Mountains for generations.
Musicians are invited to bring their instruments and gather on the historic Public Square to jam. Come on down and listen or dance. Bring a chair and stay awhile!
Dates: April 17, 2022 - October 9, 2022
Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Saturday